Thursday, 15 May 2014

Headed Home

A woman and her daughter pack up their groceries, 
hit the road, their ride interrupted 
by a sky-bound explosion,
the sound of women screaming, 
"Help me, help me, sweet Jesus, 
help, I'm going to die."
Two passengers leap from a hot air balloon,
its carrier consumed by flames.
Weightless, her daughter's heart plummets 
with the flightless bodies
to their wooded, hard-to-find graves,
gravity too fast for even a mother 
to reach out, to catch,
the inevitable crash of the fall.

© Kristina England

Hot air balloon accident

Kristina England resides in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Her writing is published or forthcoming at Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Gargoyle, New Verse News, Poetry24, and other magazines.